A lipodomic approach to cnidarian-dinoflagellate symbiosis (2011–2014)
Coral-algal symbiosis underpins the formation and health of coral reefs. Despite their importance in coral health and reefal processes, the mechanisms that regulate the symbiotic relationship such as, parasite or symbiont recognition and energy exchange remain unknown. This project uses innovative techniques to reveal the differential profiles of one group of important regulatory controls in this symbiosis, the lipids. Expected outcomes are 1) Biomarkers for symbiosis stability and reef health and 2) Understanding the role of lipids and associated novel metabolites in immuno-detection avoidance in host-microbe interactions, which has important implications for treating human diseases.